Get skills in: etching in colour

Course Dates: 11/04/22 - 12/04/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
An exciting introduction to the basic processes and principles of etching. Using zinc plate, create beautiful images with line, texture and tone, and experiment with printing your image in both monochrome and colour.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

Course Code: VS009

Available start dates 

Mon-Tue, day, 11 Apr - 12 Apr '22

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

Learn how to develop your drawings, sketches or visual ideas further by exploring the possibilities of etching. Explore combinations of line, tone and texture using a range of traditional etching tech-niques such as hard ground, soft ground and aquatint.

What will we cover?

You will learn basic intaglio techniques including hard ground, soft ground and aquatint to produce line, tone and texture in your images.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Create an image onto a metal plate for etching
- Use a variety of grounds to produce line, texture and tone on an etching plate
- Etch your design into metal
- Prepare paper for intaglio printing
- Ink up and print your processed etching plate
- Safely use an etching press to print plates in the intaglio method
- Identify and appreciate results of different applications and the possibilities of working with etching processes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at beginners, however students with previous etching experience are welcome to brush up and/or develop their skills.

You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English for both health and safety purposes and to enable you to follow printmaking procedures. You should be able to take short written notes for your own use and occasionally make simple measurements using a ruler. Basic drawing skills would be an advantage but not essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration and practical application supported by written instructions. One-to-one and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic materials will be provided. Please bring sketches, photographs or other visual resources as a starting point to the first session.


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in printmaking at City Lit run throughout the year and you are encouraged to build on your previous experience by joining one of these courses. For example, Print studio (VS748) or Etching and Photoetching : all levels (VS019)
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

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